2010 In Review, Quarter 4

by Sergio Mariaca |Share:

Amid stumbles and scares, the U.S. stock market finally ended with a second straight year of gains, in which the Dow reached levels not seen since the fall of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. But the final numbers mask what was at times another gut-wrenching year for many investors.

2010 In Review, Quarter 3

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September was the strongest September on a percentage basis for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 71 years. (Source: WSJ, October 4th, “Trading Volumes Sink…” C2) The Dow increased 7.7% in a fairly steady climb throughout September, rather than the volatile swings seen earlier in the year. It also increased 10.4% for the quarter and year-to-date was 3.5%. The S&P 500 gained 8.5% total return in September, its best September results since 1939 and its fourth best performance for any month in the last twenty years. (Source: BTN Research) The S&P 500 is up 3.9% year-to-date through September 30th and ended the quarter at 11.3%. The NASDAQ also is up 4.4% for the year through September 30th. It also increased 12.3% for the quarter.

2010 In Review, Quarter 2

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The second quarter of 2010 reminded us that things can look unnecessarily gloomy the morning after a party. It’s true that growth appears to be slowing from the first quarter, and the markets acted as if they needed to sober up from last year’s stimulus-induced recovery. While many investors are still concerned about a double-dip recession, several indicators are pointing toward continued global growth.